Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates with the Godolphin Mile trophy.
Dubai World Cup results
The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup night featured a field of 12 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. African Story, winner of the Burj Nahaar (G3) after finishing a close third in the Firebreak (G3), the two local preps for this race, was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 6-1 second choice Western Aristocrat, third in the Hollywood Derby (G1) last out after winning the Jamaica Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park, and 9-1 third choice Red Jazz, unraced since finishing second in the Lennox Stakes (G2) in July at Goodwood.
African Story draws away in the stretch
Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:
3rd RACE Meydan Racecourse - GODOLPHIN MILE (Group 2) 4 African Story (GB) $3.20 $2.10 - 13 Viscount Nelson $10.20 - 9 Red Jazz $7.40 - Running time - 1:37.52 $1.00 EXACTA 4-13 $20.90 $1.00 TRIFECTA 4-13-9 $178.60 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 4-13-9-1 $2,259.30
Right: African Story heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Frankie Dettori, celebrating his seventh Godolphin Mile win said, "It was a push-button result for me. He had won his prep well and had a good draw."
Left: Second place finisher Viscount Nelson heads out to the track. Jockey Kevin Shea said, “Never going to beat the winner, so finishing second was as good as a win. Really excited about the run.”
Right: Third place finisher Red Jazz in the walking ring. Trainer Charlie Hills said, "He ran a great race after a long lay-off, lack of match fitness just told. We'll get him home and go from there, it's only the beginning of the year, he's in the Lockinge and the BMW in Hong Kong so we'll have a look."
Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority.
To the right is TM Fred Texas in the winner's enclosure. Jockey Adrie de Vries said, “I was a bit concerned about the draw but I was able to get him settled nicely behind Richard Hills (aboard Versac Py) from there, I was never really concerned. He is a bit long in his coat, but it wasn’t too hot today, so he didn’t lose too much energy. This horse only came to Qatar a month ago from America and I was chuffed to ride him and to win this race again.” Trainer Ron Martino added, “I knew he would beat these if he was in good enough shape. Hats off to my assistant, Hector Castellano, he has been here six weeks with the horse in his hands. I expected to win. He’s just all horse, a classy animal who gives 110 per cent.”
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